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Covid-19 Information

Luton and the rest of England are in a National Lockdown. Although schools have reopened, and all children are expected to be attending school, the national restrictions remain in place, and will be eased gradually over the course of the next few months. 

 

From 29 March England entered Step 1 part two of the roadmap out of lockdown. The restrictions have eased slightly. The stay at home rule has ended, but the government urge people to stay local as much as possible. 

 

Step 1 Part two

from 29 March

  • People are now allowed to meet outside, either as two households or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens
  • The stay at home rule has ended, but the government urge people to stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities have reopened, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts
  • Formally organised outdoor sports can also restart
  • Parents and children groups can return but are capped at 15 and must be outdoors. Indoor groups can take place for vulnerable children and where parents need the groups to go to work
  • Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances

International travel, or travel around the UK is only permitted for essential reasons.

Hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants and non-essential shops remain closed, as do indoor facilities including gyms and indoor pools.

Essential businesses and services can stay open to the public. These include:

  • Supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies and garden centres
  • Places of worship
  • Petrol stations and MOT services
  • Launderettes
  • Banks and post offices
  • Doctors and dentists' surgeries and vets
  • Car parks, public toilets and playgrounds

Read England's official guidance.

To take you to Mrs Kang's regular Keeping in Touch letters during the Covid-19 pandemic, please click on the link below:

What Is Self Isolation

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How To Self Isolate Safely At Home

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We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must still:

  • Limit contact with people who are not part of your household or support bubble.
  • keep your distance if you do go out (2 metres apart where possible).
  • wash your hands regularly.
  • you must not meet socially with friends and family indoors at all unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. There are very few exceptions to this rule.
  • you can meet outside socially with one other household or support bubble for exercise and/or recreation, which can include sitting on a bench to have a drink or a picnic. If you meet with people from more than one other household you can only meet in a group of up to 6 people (including children).
  • wear face coverings on all public transport and in all enclosed spaces 
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • You must book a test if you have symptoms of coronavirus, and you and all of your household must self-isolate for 10 days, unless you have had a negative test result. Click the link to book a test online:    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
  • Quarantine for 10 days if you have arrived back from abroad from any foreign country. You are now also required to get a lateral flow test on Day 2 and Day 8 of the quarantine period for every person who has travelled abroad.
  • Follow any instructions given if you are contacted by the 'Test and Trace' programme.  
  • You can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children - in other words, you are in a household where there is only one adult.

 

You should stay alert and follow social distancing guidelines. You must adhere to the guidelines to keep your families, and the community both in and out of school safe.

 

This guidance explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and safe as we continue to respond to the challenges of coronavirus. Key parts of these measures are underpinned by law, which sets out clearly what you must and must not do. The relevant authorities, including the police, have the powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

 

For more information about the current guidance on staying safe please click here to go to the Government website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

 

 

Government Covid-19 action plan

Updated September 2020

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of taste and/or smell

For most people COVID-19 (coronavirus) will be a mild illness.

 

Main messages

  • If you or someone that you live with has symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and self-isolate. The person that has symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days AND every other member of the household must self-isolate for 10 days. The self-isolation period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill
  • You must order a test. Call NHS 119, and follow all the advice given, or click on the link here    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.     It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for a further 10 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 10 day isolation period.
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

 

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You need to contact 119 to tell them you have symptoms of coronavirus, and follow the advice they give you
  • You must order a test, and you and others you live with must self isolate while awaiting your test result
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser

 

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 119 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 119. For a medical emergency dial 999.

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

 

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).

Click on the Useful Links below for further resources your child can access to aid their learning.
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